Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is frustrated with the Trump administration and is reportedly considering stepping down, reports say.
Will Tillerson be the next to leave?
The Secretary of State had previously said he planned to stay on until the end of the year, but anonymous sources have told CNN that he’s now considering leaving earlier than that, The Hill reports. He was apparently unhappy with Donald Trump’s New York Times interview in which the president castigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from any decisions relating to the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
In a Monday morning tweet, Trump characterized Sessions as “beleaguered” and some sources say he is considering replacing Sessions with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
The potential move has already been given a clever catchphrase — “Rexit.” And this comes during a particularly tumultuous week for the White House, with the departure of former press secretary Sean Spicer after Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. To top that off, Tillerson was also found to have violated U.S. sanctions against Russia during his tenure as CEO of ExxonMobil, Newsweek reports.
In recent months, there’s been plenty of feuding between Tillerson and the White House, which has rejected a number of his hiring decisions — including his plan to hire Elliott Abrams as his second in command. Abrams was critical of Trump’s policy decisions during his 2016, and obviously, that didn’t go over well with the new administration.
And Tillerson, along with other members of Trump’s Cabinet wasn’t informed when the administration implemented the infamous “travel ban” on Muslims from six countries. This created plenty of turmoil, forcing Tillerson and others into damage control mode, Newsweek reports. There’s been a lot of legal back-and-forth over the ban, and the issue is heading to the Supreme Court in the fall.
Couple that with Trump’s contradicting Tillerson over his public statements regarding whether the U.S. should mediate in a dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and you have the prescription for an unhappy Secretary of State.
With that and numerous other contretemps between Tillerson and the White House, sources say Tillerson is beginning to understand that things aren’t going to change anytime soon.
Of course the best type of change would be to remove the Trump administration entirely from the White House, but apparently, that’s not going to happen anytime soon either.
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